After a lifetime of war, an old samurai is challenged to an epic showdown by a young ambitious samurai, his worthiest adversary yet. Battle is imminent, but the past could prove to be the old samurai’s undoing.
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Inspired by lighting-fast duels-to-the-death in Samurai classics such as Sanjuro, the idea for The Old Samurai began with a simple question: What if you could capture the split second between first draw and final blow?
That seed of an idea blossomed into a story about reconciliation, loss, and love, in a film that plays homage to Samurai films both classic and recent.
Told purely through visuals, a muted color pallette, and a score written by Christopher Guanlao of Silversun Pickups, The Old Samurai invites you to actively watch and interpret the film through your own eyes.
We believe the film is best seen at night :)
+ The Old Samurai marks Christopher Guanlao of Silversun Pickups' soundtrack debut.
+ The ultra slow motion scenes were filmed with the IDT N5 camera.
+ A labor of love, the film was shot in 3 days, but post and visual fx were done during evenings and weekends over a year and a half.